De Blasio defends decision to keep schools open during snowstorm

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(Credit: Barbara Newsome walks with her son Preston, 4, on Feb. 13, 2014. (Agaton Strom))

UPDATED 2/13/14, 7:13 P.M.: Mayor Bill de Blasio came under intense criticism yesterday from parents, the teachers’ union and some of his political allies yesterday over the city’s decision to keep public schools open despite blizzard-like conditions in the morning hours.

Even popular NBC weatherman Al Roker joined the second-guessers’ chorus, prompting de Blasio to retort: “It's a different...

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Mayor de Blasio unveils his $73.7 billion budget

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, standing

(Credit: De Blasio, left, with Dean Fuleihan at his budget address on Feb. 12, 2014. (Craig Ruttle/Pool))

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s strategy for resolving New York City’s 150-plus labor contracts was left opaque yesterday in his first budget proposal.

He presented a sobering fiscal outlook, saying the budget for fiscal year 2015, which begins July 1, is balanced only thanks to leftover resources from previous years. He projected a $1.1 billion deficit for fiscal year 2016.

“We enter this process...

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Rebel riders get creative to address subway nuisances

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Among the throngs of riders who handle subway nuisances in silence, there are those who act on their own to fix transit transgressions.

Over the years, riders have seen plenty of phony MTA signs and advisories giving advice of variable usefulness. The latest have popped on L train platforms between the Third Avenue and Myrtle-Wyckoff stations identifying the best spot to transfer to the No....

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City businesses taking major hit during cold snap

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(Credit: The city's sightseeing buses are seeing fewer visitors due to the cold. (Anthony Lanzilote))

Frigid temperatures, snowstorm after snowstorm and harsh travel conditions are keeping New Yorkers and tourists away from many of the city's top attractions and hot spots.

From museums and parks to restaurants and entertainment locales, some Big Apple venues' owners and operators say they've seen fewer visitors lately.

One of the spots that's experienced a dip in attendance compared...

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Ask an Expert: Can my co-op kick out a registered sex offender?



The adult son of a neighbor in my co-op building recently moved in with her. He is a registered sex offender who was convicted of molesting young boys eight years ago. This is a family building with lots of children.  We are all extremely concerned about having him living in our midst.

What are our rights? Can the co-op force him to move out?

This question touches on one of the...

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NYCLU requests E-ZPass tracking records amid privacy concerns

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The New York Civil Liberties Union Tuesday sent the NYPD and transportation agencies requests for the city and state records to determine if E-ZPass readers are being used to track drivers outside toll areas.

The records request was filed after the NYCLU created a video of its lawyer, Nate Vogel, driving around Manhattan with a device created by an anonymous privacy activist that detects E-ZPass...

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City opens nation's largest continuous Wi-Fi zone in Harlem


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The nation's largest public Wi-Fi network launched in Harlem Tuesday, eventually offering free outdoor Internet access to thousands of residents and visitors over 95 blocks.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it's the latest step in creating a comprehensive Wi-Fi zone across all five boroughs.

Tech advocates praised the newest effort to increase Internet access, saying that a wireless Big...

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East Harlem gets spotlight in city's tourism campaign

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(Credit: La Casa Azul Bookstore will be featured in the city's East Harlem tourism campaign. ( NYC& Company))

Move over Rockefeller Center: The city says El Barrio is the place to visit this holiday season.

NYC & Company, the city's tourism wing, is touting East Harlem as part of its Neighborhood x Neighborhood campaign to spotlight less-visited communities in the five boroughs.

Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate Levin said there will be several major events in the area this season for visitors...

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Cheap$kate: The best FREE events in NYC this week

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Tree-Lighting Show at Bank of America’s Winter Village at Bryant Park It’s officially the holiday season, and what better way to embrace the festive spirit than by going to a tree-lighting ceremony? Head to midtown’s Bryant Park Tuesday for the eighth annual tree-lighting show at Bank of America Winter Village. Hosted by 106.7 Lite FM’s Bob Bronson and Christine Nagy, the show will feature live...

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NYC a tale of "Two Food Cities," says new report

Xavier Mission food pantry in Manhattan. (July 27,

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The stock market and luxury housing construction aren't the only things on the upswing in the Big Apple: so is hunger, according to a new report issued by the New York City Coalition Against Hunger.

"While the wealthy have better gourmet food than ever, one in six of our neighbors is struggling against hunger," said Joel Berg, the coalition's executive director, in a statement.


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